BEING able to get your mug on your morning caffeine fix has led Igor Ravasini to be named one of the top 10 baristas in the country.
Mr Ravasini, said he got the idea for the selfieccino after he saw the technology being used in Japan and wanted to bring the experience to Perth.
He said his Bumblebean Coffee van, which sets up on Drovers Place in Wanneroo between 7.30am and noon from Tuesdays to Sundays, was the only place offering the technology.
“It was a large investment but the community has loved it and it has been really popular,” the Sinagra resident said.
Once Mr Ravasini has the photo, which can be sent via Facebook or email or taken using the camera at the van, it takes just six seconds to transfer the image onto a coffee using a special printer.
“We also have some favourite designs, such as superheroes and TV characters, people can choose from and we can add text too, such as ‘happy birthday’,” Mr Ravasini said.
“Some businesses even use their logo as a bit of extra wow factor for their client meetings – the creative opportunities are really endless.”
Mr Ravasini was shortlisted from more than 2000 nominations across Australia to be in the top 10 ‘baristas of choice’ on the inaugural National Barista Day last month created by www.BaristasforBaristas.com and Almond Breeze Barista Blend.
He said it was “incredible and very humbling” to be recognised.
“I love seeing the enjoyment my coffee brings, that makes me really happy,” he said.
“It’s really fun watching people’s reactions when they see the selfieccino.
“I’ve worked hard to bring the best coffee and service to our community in just over two years and I can’t wait to see what the future brings.”
Along with the special commendation, Mr Ravasini received $1000, which he used to buy a larger coffee roaster.
“My dream is to one day open a cafe but for now I am focusing on developing my own roasted coffee,” he said.
“I love experimenting with different imported green beans from different regions and creating new flavour profiles.
“I’ve had some amazing feedback, which really fuels my passion to keep experimenting.”
Early next year, he also plans to take his Bumblebean Coffee van on a trip around Australia, visiting the major cities and sharing his love of coffee along the way.
“I will be roasting, grinding, and brewing all of my own coffee in the confines of my 3m by 4m van, and offering the selfieccino experience,” he said.
He will be filming the journey and is looking for sponsors.